§ 42. Mr. Lawson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress she has made towards the agreement of cash limits for the main items of public expenditure for which her Department is responsible; and whether she will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Castle
Extension of the use of cash limits in relation to National Health Service expenditure, on the lines indicated in Cmnd. 6151, is still under consideration. As pointed out in the White Paper, cash limits are not a suitable method of controlling services such as social security benefits, where expenditure must depend upon the rate of benefit and the number of claimants.